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LIM College is a private, for-profit, specialized coeducational undergraduate and graduate educational institution focused on the business aspects of the fashion industry. It is located in Midtown Manhattan, and was founded in 1939 by Maxwell F. Marcuse as the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising, at the behest of retailers who wanted a school that would teach students about the fashion business and merchandising. Maxwell Marcuse's son, Adrian G. Marcuse, was president from 1972 to 2002, followed by Elizabeth S. Marcuse. In 2009, the school changed its name to LIM College. Over the past 10 years, President Marcuse has significantly grown LIM College's student population and degree offerings. She has focused on making LIM College's students more globally and technologically competitive and responding to what the fashion industry needs from its workforce in the 21st century.

LIM College grants Bachelor's degrees in Fashion Merchandising, Visual Merchandising, Marketing, and Management, and associate degrees in Fashion Merchandising. LIM College also offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with concentrations in Fashion Management and Entrepreneurship and as of 2013, a Master of Professional Studies degree in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management, which will be able to be completed fully online as of Fall 2013.

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Fast Facts

  • Private for profit, Four or more years
  • students
  • $21,650.00 avg tuition

12 E 53rd St
New York, NY 10022-5268
(212) 752-1530

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Areas of Study:

  • Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services
  • Visual And Performing Arts
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LIM College

Applied 1,280
Admitted 933 73%
Enrolled total 326
Full Time: 324
Part Time 2
Test 25th % 75th %
SAT EBRW 430 530
SAT Math 430 510
SAT Written (2006-2015) Optional 0 0
ACT Composite 19 23
ACT English 19 24
ACT Math 17 22
ACT Writing 0 0
Retention / Graduation:
Retention rate 65%
4-year graduation rate 50%
6-year graduation rate 60%
Application Deadlines:
Regular Application Deadline
Early Admission Deadline
Early Decision Deadline
Financial Aid Deadline
Student Response Deadline
Transfer Student Application Deadline
Open Admissions Policy No
Secondary School GPA Required
Secondary School Rank Recommended
Secondary School Record Required
Formal Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission Test Scores Required
TOEFL Required
Other Tests Neither required nor recommended
AP Credits Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

LIM College

Tuition In-District In-State Out-Of-State
Avg Full-Time Undergraduate Tuition $21,650.00 $21,650.00 $21,650.00
Full-Time Undergraduate Required Fees $575.00 $575.00 $575.00
Part-Time Undergraduate Cost Per Credit Hour $720.00 $720.00 $720.00
Avg Full Time Graduate Tuition $28,440.00 $28,440.00 $28,440.00
Full Time Graduate Required Fees $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Part-Full Time Graduate Cost Per Credit Hour $790.00 $790.00 $790.00
Expenses On-Campus Off-Campus
(without family)
(with family)
Room and Board $19,350.00 $12,000.00 $8,000.00
Other Expenses $3,200.00 $3,200.00 $8,000.00
Additional Fees
Undergraduate Application Fee $40.00
Graduate Application Fee $50.00
Books and Supplies $1,100.00
Financial Aid
Percent receiving aid 86%
Percent receiving grant aid 70%
Avg amount of grant aid $5,956.00
Percent receiving student loan aid 74%
Avg amount of student loan aid $8,092.00

LIM College

Programs and majors Associate's Bachelor's Master's Doctorate
Business Administration and Management, General X
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other X
Fashion Merchandising X X
Marketing/Marketing Management, General X
Design and Visual Communications, General X

Scholarships for Students in New York

Name Amount Deadline
Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity Up to $5,000 April 30, 2017
AOTF New York Scholarship Varies October 26, 2017
NEWH New York Chapter Scholarship Varies September 19, 2017

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